14 Replies Latest reply: Sep 5, 2007 9:08 AM by Ronski2007
Bob Nary Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
Oh, but if I could take back one key stroke! Long story, short: I trashed 4 extensions that I need that were in the trash with other stuff. Is there a utility that would allow me to find and retrieve these? I've not used the computer since I made this stupid mistake realizing I may further compromise such a retrieval. The computer does boot and is operable.
Thanks!
Here's my machine profile:
Mac OS X 10.3.9

Dual 1 GHz Power PC G4
256k L2 cache per CPU
1 MB L3 cache per CPU
1.25 GB DDR SDRAM
Bus Speed 167b MHZ
Internal 76 gig HD

Power Mac G4   Mac OS X (10.4)  
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (45,355 points)
    Hi Bob Nary;

    May I welcome you to the Apple Discussion Forums.

    I take it from your comments that you do back things up on your computer. Backup is a good thing.

    If you want to retrieve lost files Data Rescue II from Prosoft might be able to help you. You will need a second disk for it to place the files. You can download a demo copy of the software which will tell you what can be recovered. If it is able to recover the files then you must pay for a license to actually recover the files.

    Allan
    tiger
  • Bob Nary Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Hi Bob Nary;

    May I welcome you to the Apple Discussion Forums.

    I take it from your comments that you do back things
    up on your computer. Backup is a good thing.

    If you want to retrieve lost files Data Rescue II
    from Prosoft might be able to help you. You will need
    a second disk for it to place the files. You can
    download a demo copy of the software which will tell
    you what can be recovered. If it is able to recover
    the files then you must pay for a license to actually
    recover the files.

    Allan
    tiger


    Thanks Allan, I'll give that a try. I like your "Hobbs"... that was a favorite strip of mine!

    Bob
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (45,355 points)
    Hi Bob Nary;

    You are welcome. Let us know how it works out for you.

    I know this is going to date myself but my absolute all time favorite strip was Pogo with Calvin & Hobbes bringing up a close second. One of the things I liked about Pogo was that when I started read it I was still to young to get all the political comments that were in it. Later I got a bit older I discovered that aspect of it. Since then I have actually gone back and to read it again. I was amazed by all of the stuff I got out it the second time around.

    Allan
    tiger
  • Sherman Homan Level 3 Level 3 (710 points)
    Welcome, Bob Nary. Allan is right, Data Rescue is very good, but a good backup is even better.
    And Bloom County was the best comic strip ever. You can look it up!
  • birch128 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Is it possible to "secure empty trash" files that you have already emptied in the normal trash folder?
  • David DeCristoforo Level 5 Level 5 (6,175 points)
    What would Walt Kelly do with the Bush admin? Field day? BTW, I have a friend who looks just like Albert...at least he was my friend until I told him he looked just like Albert!

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (45,355 points)
    Hi David DeCristoforo;

    I find it hard to believe that someone actually looks like Albert.

    Allan
    tiger
  • red_menace Level 6 Level 6 (14,720 points)
    There isn't a secure delete for individual files that have already been deleted, but you can use Disk Utility to securely erase the empty space on a volume (which includes previously deleted items).
  • David DeCristoforo Level 5 Level 5 (6,175 points)
    Click on my profile link and shoot me an email...I'll send you his pic. I'd post the link but if the guy sees it I'm afraid he would go to great lengths to kill me.;)

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (45,355 points)
    Hi David DeCristoforo;

    I don't want to appear over;y dense but I don't see any email address for you in your profile. Sorry.

    Allan
    tiger
  • David DeCristoforo Level 5 Level 5 (6,175 points)
    Hummm...it's hidden now and I can't find any way to reveal it in the new settings thing...anyway its davidatdaviddecristoforodotcom....

  • Ronski2007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Using Applications>Utilities I did not see a selection for erasing only empty space where "deleted" files reside. I have 10.3.9. Can someone guide me through this process? I don't want to accidentally delete anything, like the entire hard drive (volume)!
  • A A P L Level 7 Level 7 (21,730 points)
    Wrong OS - you're running 10.3.9.
    Besides, you can't delete the boot volume by accident.

    Scott
  • Ronski2007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Are you saying that disk utility erase function as described previously is not available on 10.3.9? If so, what OS does it come with?

    I didn't mean "delete the volume" so much as delete the files on the hard drive.

    Thanks.